Last night, MTV solidified its reputation as the network with the worst awards show security, when Parks and Recreation actress Aubrey Plaza stormed the stage (possibly drunk, definitely barefoot) to interrupt a speech by comedian Will Ferrell.
You can watch the whole uncomfortable exchange (which lasted about 30 seconds, but probably felt much longer for everyone involved) in the clip above. People are still debating whether or not it was staged. MTV claims it wasn't.
In the video, Plaza rushes onstage, drink in hand, and attempts to wordlessly wrest Ferrell's honorary "Comedic Genius" award from his hand. They play awkward tug-of-war for a while (Plaza seems surprised Ferrell doesn't just let it go; Ferrell seems surprised that someone is mugging him onstage at the MTV movie awards), until Ferrell asks "What's happening?" Plaza drops her hands and Ferrell adds "Are you OK?" Plaza responds "Yeah," and runs back to her seat, dropping her drink on the way.
After she sits, Ferrell, professional comedic genius that he is, makes a joke to put everyone at ease.
"Aubrey Plaza, everyone. Just like we rehearsed it. Perfect, it was perfect. Not too long, not too short. Right on the money."
MTV News later reported that the stunt, which appears to have been intended as a guerilla promotion of an upcoming Plaza film, was not planned (though it is suspicious that Plaza had such a great front-row seat) and that the show's producers asked her to leave following the incident. Plaza had the title of the film, The To Do List, written in improperly formatted hash tags ("#The To Do List") scrawled across her chest when she appeared on stage.
Will Ferrell later said, of the interaction, "...I think she wanted to tell me something important, but there was no message. It was just a lot of hot liquor breath. And, then, and a little bit of sweat. And then she ran away. But the ship sailed on."
Hours after the ceremony ended, Plaza tweeted a shout out to fellow award show interrupter Kanye West.
In other MTV Movie Awards news, Snoop Dogg and Ke$ha smoked what appeared to be a blunt on stage while introducing a musical performance. They weren't asked to leave, though, because they didn't interrupt Will Ferrell.